A Lifelong Approach to Fitness Audio Book

Generally, my favorite kinds of workshops are the full day events where I can go through Intervention, Can You Go? and Now What?. But, I am also asked to do other talks…sometimes as short as fifteen minutes.

Through the years, these workshops start to pile up. The material is still good; the points are still valid. They are usually far too long for an article and far too short for a book. Working with Laree Draper at On Target, she has allowed me to give these in audio lectures. Not long ago, Laree compiled these into A Lifelong Approach to Fitness Audio Book.

As I reviewed these, some of the information got me thinking about ideas I have tossed aside…somewhat…like the “Elimination in Life” talk. I still follow these principles but I need to be sure to share them more in my workshops.

The price is reasonable, as are all OTP materials. This audio book, pdf and ereader platforms includes the following talks:

  • Goal Setting
  • The Quadrants of Diet and Exercise
  • Elimination in Life
  • Challenges
  • Boomer Fitness
  • What Makes an Athlete Elite?
  • Fundamental Human Movements.

The audio has been cleared of “Ums” and other garbles and warbles…and I appreciate that a lot.


You can find it here.

The New DVD: Now What?

The hardest part of coaching…and really life in general…is “Now What?” Maybe a lot of you are like me when I got my college degree.

My Dad believed that that diploma was the yellow brick road to success. He was right, you know, my degrees have got me through a lot of doors and enhanced my life. But, the day I held it, with my laundry bag and suitcase that represented my entire life’s possessions, I stared off and wondered…Now What?

It took me a long time to get my arms around this concept. We make a goal, finish a challenge, or finish that last day of a 90 Day Program and wonder what to do next. My new DVD, Now What?, attempts to walk the coach, athlete and everybody else through the process of discerning what to do next.


I am in the process of expanding this into a book. The following is a very popular part of the workshop, “Shark Habits:”

I use Shark Habits in much of my professional and personal life. When I open an email, I answer it. Always. If I don’t have time to deal with emails, I don’t open the account. I believe in only touching postal mail once. I go through the mail and discard the junk in the garbage can (sadly, most of the mail is junk today). If it requires attention, I deal with it immediately.

If the bride wants to know if we are coming to the reception, I let her know…now! If it is a bill, pay it. If a telephone call needs to be made, make the call, that’s all.

I fail on this sometimes. Oddly, when I do forget to do something, like redo my annual business application, I lose the form and it costs me hours of backtracking, waiting on hold, and dealing with unhelpful people at the state office.

During my hour on hold, I recommitted to Shark Habits.

I am convinced that many of our festive traditions are rooted in Shark Habits. Years ago, my family found ourselves with nothing to do on Thanksgiving Friday. It’s a four-day weekend with schoolchildren and Thursday is the big day. We had two bored little girls in the house and we decided to set up for Christmas.

Since then, Thanksgiving Friday has been the sacred day when all of the Holiday Cheer is layered into our home. The whole house is transformed into the Spirit of Christmas. We have also added a new tradition when we finish: Wine and Prime.

We crack open a bottle (or two) of wine and go online and shop for Christmas. We utilize free shipping that day and take care of everyone on our shopping list. In full candor and apology, if you were down the list a bit, I might not be sure why we bought you “that” for Christmas that one year.

Shark Habits are the ultimate in “Do This.” Basically, for anything that can be done swiftly, DO IT NOW. One bite.

Shark Habits, Pirate Maps, Programming and Principles are the bulk of the talk, but I also go into how to apply and assess each of these in the life and athletics. I use simple definitions of health, longevity, fitness and performance to link the basics of Now What? together.

This is a three hour DVD and the On Target site adds the following:

  • Full Audio Recording of the presentation in MP3 format, 2 hours and 23 minutes
  • Full Transcript of the presentation in PDF format, 52 pages, including screenshots
  • The Presentation Slides in PDF format, 108 slides
  • Clickable Link Listing in PDF format
  • Dan’s Standards, Sample Warmups & Complexes—12-page PDF
  • Dan’s Dick Notmeyer Handout—a 5-page PDF
  • Dan’s Commentaries on Ralph Maughan Classic 1963 Discus Article—a 9-page PDF
  • PLUS more bonuses only when you buy from On Target Publications—
  • Dan John: What Makes an Athlete Elite?—a 56-minute MP3 audio recording, accompanied by a 10-page PDF transcript. Normally $5.95
  • Taylor Lewis: Training the 99% Client with the 1% Methods—a 40-minute MP3 audio recording, accompanied by a 9-page PDF transcript. Normally $3.95
  • There is a lot of information in the DVDs and the extras just make things “better.”Enjoy. I consider it my best work.

    Enjoy Now What? Here.

Before We Go

Compilations always make for a difficult introduction. Whereas Doctor Watson could always talk with Sherlock Holmes about the recent weather or cases too sensitive to discuss, the introduction here needs to remind the reader that the material contained within this book comes from blog posts and articles from all over the internet.

For someone who loves strength and conditioning, this formula has worked in the past. I never fly without a copy of John McCallum’s classic work, The Keys to Progress, and, like all compilations, the material repeats itself, conflicts with itself and repeats itself (did I say that?).

Anther favorite, Powerlifting Basics, Texas-Style: The Adventures of Lope Delk by Paul Kelso, is as much fun today as the first time I read it in 1996. Annually, I reread both and still laugh at the gym antics, the protein tablets and the training mistake stories that have been with me most of my life.

Yet in both cases, the materials conflict and repeat themselves. My motto as an administrator was “Repetition is the Mother of Implementation,” so perhaps one should consider the repetitive points to be illuminating rather than annoying.
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Can You Go?

Training people in sport as a coach or in fitness as a personal trainer is certainly rewarding work. But there’s a problem: What do we do next? There are countless books on diet and exercise, hundreds of machines, devices and gimmicks to train people, and new gadgets and gizmos are popping up with every passing day.

Can You Go? answers this question: What do we need to do next?

Appropriate assessment leads to an appropriate answer. When we find a mobility issue, let’s focus on mobility work. The same is true for both body composition and strength—we focus on what we need to do, not what we want to do.

For the performance athlete, sometimes assessment can be the short, brutal and harsh question, “Can you go?” Lessons from this frankness can be learned by both the coach and the trainer. The deconditioned and the elite share the same basic human body. Our job is to enhance performance and quality of life with every training situation.
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Fat Loss Happens on Monday, book with Josh Hillis

A few years ago, I wrote a blog about my good friend, Josh Hillis, and his program “System Six.” I had been asked to teach an “All Girls” weightlifting class and I was a little unready. I got calls from moms worried that I would make their daughters “all muscley.” Oh, yes, that happens all the time: someone trains and ends up looking like an elite female bodybuilder. It might take up to two weeks to look like that! (Sarcasm. It’s not just for breakfast).

Josh shared with me “System Six” and as I read it, I realized that, frankly, I knew nothing. The idea of easy workouts and food prep as a Hard Day (!!!!!) just amazed me. So, I decided…when Josh talks, I lean in and listen.

When I asked him later about publishing it, he was certain it would be too hard to do. Laree Draper came to the rescue and she came up with an idea for the the two of us to co-author a book.

The other day, it arrived. I was stunned by the depth of it. You see, as you go through the editing process, you begin to get lost in things like “there/their” and “to/two/too.” This book, in its finished form, is a joy. Again, NO ONE seems to grasp the simple message of fat loss that Josh offers, but, you know, he is right. I acknowledge him as my master when it comes this part of fitness.

As always, Laree’s products “overdeliver.” My job in the project was to discuss some of the issues related to fat loss and I am very proud of especially that first chapter. Laree notes that the audio version picks up a lot of the emotion that seems to walk with this journey.

On Target Publishing is quickly becoming the place where the best and brightest of the fitness industry come to publish. The whole category is worth your time, but find the new book here.

Here is what I said about Josh maybe six years ago now:

I’m not sure how you get it and the product isn’t finished yet, but Josh Hillis knocked it out of the park with his new six part system on fat loss. I spent time with Josh in November (I think) and I came away with lots of insights about fat loss. Josh has discovered that its own best clients (those who got their body fat down to “rockstar” levels and, more important, kept it there) didn’t necessarily work harder…

And, you should think about that. What held body fat down (and superb athletic performance up, by the way) isn’t smashing your face against the wall. Yes, there is hard work, but more important is “smart work.” Josh discovered that his best people had a basic level of strength. As I tell everyone, after I heard Brett Jones say it, absolute strength is the glass. Everything else is what you can put in the glass. If you have a thimble of strength, you can’t make a single bad nutritional choice to stay ahead of fat gain. If you have a barrel of strength, you can make a few more mistakes!

Josh’s new program is unique…no question about that. He uses two simple tools to measure that you are staying on track and one of them is simply some strength tests (and so is the other, really). He also advocates a food journal, of course, as this is Josh’s signature in this community: Have a food journal! But, as I discovered with my personal trainer, Buddy Walker, you need someone to help you hold yourself accountable to it. It’s a game changer for me, by the way.

There is more. I was honored to be credited by Josh for one of his ideas and I think the idea works seamlessly with his other five. If fat loss can be made simpler, well, I want to see it. It is an amazingly simple toolkit and it is not filled with gimmicks. It is real. It is simple. It is true.

Josh has three pdfs with the program and the workouts are very good. I took his advice and eased off a bit on some things and, well, I am following his advice here. The workouts are very good and the videos are funny and informative.

I like Josh. I have always liked him. His influence on me might not be noticed by many, but simply count the number of times I reference him in a typical workshop (a lot!).

System Six is a game changer. It is very good and I am going to be stealing these ideas for a long time.

Get it here: Fat Loss Happens on Monday